Can you do yoga during your period? We check it out!

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Yoga and PMS

Yoga is great for PMS, it helps to relieve tension, relaxes our body, supports the fight against stress and anxiety that may arise during this time. It supports our physicality, but also our psyche, which react differently to the state of premenstrual tension.

Yoga during the period

However, what about menstruation itself? There are different opinions. But I remember, even from the time before the pandemic, that in my yoga school there were special classes for people at this very moment of the cycle, that is dedicated to people who have their period. There were carefully selected exercises that did not increase pain or bleeding, but often helped to relax the body and get along with it during this time. And for me that was undoubtedly the first sign that yoga and period are not mutually exclusive. Do you have to exercise a certain amount of caution though? To choose specific poses, like in my classes?

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Yoga for menstrual pain

Yoga teachers emphasize that yoga is a wonderful medicine. It helps us to calm down our thoughts, eliminate stress, tension and various kinds of pain. So yoga during period can be helpful as much as possible, if only to relieve menstrual pain. When it is of a high intensity, it is better to rely on breathing, meditation, not to force the body additionally. In the following days, on the other hand, it is possible to practice the so-called menstrual yoga, i.e. a set of positions, such as: snake, cat, fish, pigeon and camel, or a cobbler’s position lying down (it helps to relax the uterus). It is important to slow down and try not to tense the abdomen. Such gentle exercises can not only help us to relieve pain, but also to clear our uterus faster. And above all, repeating like a mantra, listen to your body, do what makes you happy and does not cause discomfort.

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